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Heraclitus: Europe's greatest mystic and no less significant than Gautam Buddha or Lao Tzu.,
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This review is from: Remembering Heraclitus (Paperback)
Richard Geldard has done us a great service by, as he very well puts it, 'remembering' Heraclitus for us.
Richard Geldard puts Heraclitus into context as one of the great figures of Vogelin's 'Great Leap of Being' alongside Lao Tzu, Gautam Buddha and Zarathustra (Zoroaster). But one who delves into the fragments fully and internalises their truth cannot but place Heraclitus in a class of his own. Heraclitus doesn't say truth, he thunders it! And for most people Heraclitus' thunder is too loud too hear, and it is here where Richard Gelard's generous work comes in.
Plotinus believed Plato needed interpreting for people to understand him. Now ... if Plato needed interpreting then Heraclitus most definitely does as well. And Richard Geldard has proven himself a skilled interpreter, calling on both science and religion to demistify for us Heraclitus' truth. But even though he interprets Heraclitus, Geldard informs us that the fragments' real purpose is not to be interpreted, but to be internalised. The fragments are transformation in nature, alchemical. They are like a seed you plant in your self and in time it flowers into the most beautiful flower. The seed itself is almost unintelligible, but it carries within it abundant and beautiful life. So it is with the fragments too, and Geldard manages to highlight this aspect perfectly.
The fragments are menat to shock and explode the barriers of our minds, and Richard Geldard softens the landing, or it would be perhaps better to say he prepares us for the awakening.
This book is a treasure, well designed, and it comes with a list of the essential fragments at the end which one can easily use to meditate or reflect upon them, without having to dig around in the bulk of the text.
I highly disagree with one of the comments made above. Heraclitus does have to be interpreted in both religious and scientific terms, because he transcended the division of religion and science. Heraclitus represented unity beyond duality, but also said: 'out of diversity there comes unity, and our of unity diversity.' In our quest to bridge the gap between science and religion, and to integrate the two Heraclitus is the best starting point. Westerners don't need to reach out to a Gautam Buddha, or Lao Tzu. We have both Buddha and Lao Tzu in Heraclitus. Evetually we all go back to Heraclitus. Nietzsche did, Jung did, and even an Eastern mystic such as Osho did.
Five out of five for Richard Geldard's work, and 10.000 our of 10 for Heraclitus' thought.